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A waste of talent, very poorly acted, nothing genuinely spiritual about this, had the production values of a homemade movie, just absolute rubbish.
What a waste of time watching this.
I actually expected to either be entertained or moved by this film.
What overrated, SERIOUSLY OVERRATED TRASH.
The best, GREATEST musical romance movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe!
Really cute. Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and of course the main stars, Ethel Waters and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson with his wonderful scratchy voice. What a plethora of talent!
Worth watching for many different reasons - just browse the credits. Though the plot this musical seems a bit contrived (& likely played better on the stage), it works OK as a movie. Just a shame that so many of these actors never became household names.
Important all-African-American cast adaptation of the Broadway musical with a Faustian, gospelized and Wizard of Oz twist(er). Early Lena Horne The great cast includes Louie Armstrong and Duke Ellington as well. Ain't it the truth.
Excellent classical musical with an all star cast
Almost every song is a showstopper in Vincente Minnelli's adaptation of the Broadway musical; Ethel Waters sings the title song, "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" and the Oscar-nominated "Takin' a Chance on Love," Lena Horne does "Honey in the Honeycomb" (reprised by Waters), and even Eddie "Rochester" Anderson gets to sing "Life's Full of Consequences" - a duet with Horne. Highly enjoyable.
This movie was delightful. I enjoyed the spiritual content as well as the 'ole time tap dancing. I will watch it again.
Good film, though it wears out it's welcome quite quickly with it's endless songs, religion-on-my-sleeve heavy handedness and Eddie Anderson gets on the nerves after a while. Still, Ethel Waters is great though. There's some bothersome stereotypical scenes. Especially involving when Duke Ellington is around, then the whole thing turns into a soundie.
I watched this movie from a historical perspective. In that regard, it was interesting. But I really could have done without Rochester's singing. He was great on Jack Benny's show, but not as a singer. Made me want to learn more about Ethel Waters. Had the pleasure of seeing Lena Horne perform her one-woman show when I was a kid, so my next movie will be Stormy Weather.